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Major restoration project at Essex stately home

by Lauren Hall

A major restoration project is helping to bring the past back to life at one of the region's stately homes.

Audley End House near Saffron Walden has dominated the West Essex countryside for hundreds of years.

The front of the building and some of its rooms have now been completely restored, as part of a project which has taken several years.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall

The great fire of Little Chesterford in 1914

There are a series of events being held this week to mark the centenary of a fire which destroyed an Essex village.

The fire destroyed most of the village of Little Chesterford near Saffron Walden in Essex, including 9 houses, 2 farms and 2 pubs, yet miraculously no one died in the great fire of 1914.

Click below to watch Russell Hookey's report

Marking the great fire of Little Chesterford

There are a series of events being held this week to mark the centenary of a fire which destroyed an Essex village.

The aftermath of the 1914 fire in Little Chesterford Credit: ITV Anglia

The fire destroyed most of the village of Little Chesterford near Saffron Walden in Essex, including 9 houses, 2 farms and 2 pubs, yet miraculously no one died in the great fire of 1914.

It is believed the fire may have started after sparks from a steam traction engine travelling along the main road set fire to a straw stack, the sparks then spread to the thatched buildings in the village.

In 1914 firefighting equipment was limited to one small pump, which has been tracked down and restored.

The 1914 pump which helped tackle the fire has been restored Credit: ITV Anglia

The fire left a quarter of the village of the village homeless now there's an exhibition and commemoration of the fire in the village.

The village of Little Chesterford now Credit: ITV Anglia

While there are now very few signs that the village was destroyed one hundred years ago people here are determined that the events won't be forgotten.

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Historical artefacts discovered in Suffolk

Now if you think of Royal houses in the east you probably think of Sandringham.

But hundreds of years before Kings and Queens built a palace in West Norfolk, the Suffolk coast was the seat of power for the Anglo-Saxons.

And just recently archaeologists have discovered artefacts at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo, which they say is conclusive evidence that there was once a grand royal settlement there.

Is this the most important archaeological find of a generation, Tanya Mercer went along to find out more.

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